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At Shiresmill we offer Therapeutic Riding. Lessons are all under the direction of a trained RDA Coach and take place as listed under 'Session Times'.

Download our Participant Application Form and Guidelines below:

Participant Application Form (PDF)



  • Therapeutic Riding

    Therapeutic Riding

    In Therapeutic Riding the aim is to teach basic riding skills and horsecare, gradually decreasing the level of assistance required; riding is taught but there is also a focus on the specific need of the participant.

    Man has been using the horse for work and pleasure since ancient times. There is a unique relationship between man and a horse, and it has been said that ‘the outside of a horse is good for the inside of man’.  This is because a horse truly lives in the moment and is non judgemental.

    Horse riding is a real rehabilitation of both the mind and the body. Physically riding can affect balance, posture, coordination and muscle control. In addition motor planning (getting on and off the horse, decision making, communication and social skills can be enhanced in an enjoyable environment.  The horse with his rhythmic walk provides a multi-sensory experience hard to replicate by any other means.

    Some individuals who display challenging behaviour hyperactivity or poor attention span find that the horse gives an immediate non-judgemental response to their actions which calms and focuses their attention.

    Horse related activities such as grooming leading and learning how to care for the horse can help to develop self-esteem and confidence.

    Most of all being with horses is fun and a place where participants can learn new skills, often through games, working as a team or individually, for example, through a dressage test. There are always certificates to work towards and endeavour awards to encourage progress.

    All the sessions are lead by trained coaches and are supported by the team allocated to each horse or pony; usually a leader and side walkers as required.  The classes usually have a maximum of 4 or 5 riders.

    How to Start...

    For Therapeutic Riding or Equine facilitated groundwork sessions;

    • Complete and return application form with medical section completed and signed by a professional person who knows the applicant. Should you require further information please email [email protected]

    Participant Information

    Participants must be a minimum of 5 years of age, and both adults and children can apply.

    For therapeutic riding there is a weight limit of 12 and a half stones (80.64 kg).  This is for the welfare of our horses.

    Currently we ask for a donation of £15 per person per ride for group lessons or £20 for individual sessions.

    The Pony or Horse

    The pony or horse is specifically selected for the rider according to height and weight. Most riders mount the pony from a raised hydraulic platform with the support of coach and helpers. 

    Waiting List

    We do have a waiting list of participants and the availability of a suitable pony may determine priority. A retired physiotherapist and experienced coaches carry out assessments on all new participants. 

    Ultimately, the aim is to achieve maximum independence for each rider. Ultimately whether on the horse's back or on the ground the aim is to help achieve maximum benefit both mentally and physically.


  • Equine Facilitated Ground Sessions

    There is increasing evidence of the huge impact that working with the horse solely on the ground can have. The recent inclusion of these sessions has shown amazing benefits.

    These are quiet sessions encouraging the participant to create their own relationship with the horse.  These sessions may also include walking with the horse, taking control of his movements negotiating a circuit or it may just be stroking, grooming or massaging him as he stands.  It is very empowering to feel at one with such a big animal, but also to realise that like us, they need trust; love and routine. This is an option prior to riding or as a standalone alternative.


  • Education Through Horses

    Education Through Horses

    RDA isn't only about riding a horse, it is also a platform for learning in an engaging, supportive, rewarding and fun environment.

    Increasingly RDA activities are being recognised for their educational benefit as curriculum-based subjects can very easily be incorporated into the sessions.  The end result can simply be life changing!  Numeracy and increased vocabulary can be included easily whilst tacking up the pony, laying out the arena or making up the feeds for the next day.

     

    At Shiresmill we offer;

    • Grade Certificates for horse riding
    • Grade Certificates for horse care.
    • Endeavour Awards
    • Endurance Awards


  • Participant Testimonials


  • Session Times 2022
    Session Times of our Classes

    Day/ Time Date Number of Sessions

    Monday Evening

    6.30pm-7.15pm

    7.30pm-8.15pm 

    22nd August- 3rd October 

     

     

    2

    Tuesday Morning

    10.15am-11am

    11.15am-12 noon

    12.10pm-12.45pm

    30th August- 4th October

    **No classes 10th-21st October**

    25th October- 6th December

    3

    Wednesday Morning 

    10.15am- 1pm (30 minute slots)  

     

    31st August- 5th October

    **No classes 10th-21st October**

    26th October- 7th December

     

    Thursday Morning

    10.30am-11.15am

    11.30am-12.15pm 

    25th August- 6th October 

    **No classes 10th-21st October**

    27th October- 8th December 

     

    2

     

    Thursday Evening 

    6:15pm-7pm

    7:15pm-8pm

    Finish 29th September 2

    Friday Morning

    10.15am- 1pm (30 minute slots) 

    26th August- 7th October

    **No classes 10th-21st October**

    28th October- 9th December

     

    Saturday Morning

    10.15am- 11am

    11.15am-11.45am

    12 noon- 12.30pm

    27th August- 8th October 

    **No classes 10th-21st October**

    29th October- 10th December

    3

    Sunday

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    Please note: Daytime and evening classes resume in August (see table above). All classes will be off during the October break (10th-21st October). The class times follow Fife School Holidays (these are included in session times table above) and do not follow Clackmannan School holidays.

    The Monday classes will not have any breaks for public holidays.  However, please let us know in advance if you will not manage so we can plan ahead.

     

    Please always check your emails/ texts if the weather is looking unsuitable (especially during winter months) as the lessons may have been cancelled.

     

    Happy Riding!

    Download our Rider Application form below:

    Rider Application Form (PDF)


  • Equi-Power

    We have a connection with Equi-Power who occasionally use our centre while their own facilities are being built. If you would like to find out more about vaulting then please visit Equi-Power's website or we are happy to pass on their contact details. They are hoping to settle in a new venue in Stirling in the near future.

     

     

     


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